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Rare Video Allows Look Inside Barreleye Fish’s Head

Rare Video Allows Look Inside Barreleye Fish’s Head

For the past week, we’ve talked a lot about the hazards of deepwater drilling. But often, we fail to mention the very rare, very unique deepwater species that are in danger any time these operations are allowed to move forward.

MBARI researchers Bruce Robison and Kim Reisenbichler used video taken by unmanned, undersea robots called remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to study barreleye fish in the deep waters just offshore of Central California.

At depths of 600 to 800 meters (2,000 to 2,600 feet) below the surface, the ROV cameras typically showed these fish hanging motionless in the water, their eyes glowing a vivid green in the ROV’s bright lights.

The ROV video also revealed a previously undescribed feature of these fish–its eyes are surrounded by a see-through, fluid-filled shield that covers the top of the fish’s head.

Watch the barreleye fish in action!

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8:48AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Holy Catfish! That is one weird looking fish!

10:39PM PDT on May 16, 2011

Such a beauty. Amazing!!!
No words can quite express how I feel after watching this...
Thank you so much Beth for sharing this.

9:41PM PDT on May 16, 2011

So majestic. Such a beautiful and amazing creature. I was happy that it avoided being catch by the scientists.
I read a few comments, and I, also, thought that it looks like a Disney fish. Wow...
Thank you Beth for sharing this!

8:50PM PDT on May 3, 2011

"...or to avoid being captured by scientists." Sounds like the fish has outwitted the scientists a time or few! Hahahaha! You go little fishie!

6:43AM PDT on May 2, 2011

OH I love this fish! LOoks like some fish that should be in a Disney movie! I have been to the MOnterray Aquarium It is the most wonderful I have ever seen

4:45PM PDT on May 1, 2011

The inginuity, the beauty, the absolute wonder of Mother Earth never ceases to amaze, astound, and humble me - what an amazing creature - and how long before we wipe it, as we have with so many others, from the face of the earth.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

That's pretty neat. Fish can be amazing, and don't need to be at the end of a hook or in a net.

8:56AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

I agree with Robert Dean. Humans are the most destructive species on the planet. We even have to entertain ourselves with the killing and exploitation of anmials. Animal Planet's programs such as "Deadliest Catch" is proof of this. These fish live for years and years yet along comes a jerk with a fishing pole and a camera and suddely it's life is over.

11:27PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

Really interesting.

10:58PM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

This is technology at it's best.

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